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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Taphophile Tragics - Wm. Kyle


I don't have a barn to show you today and it's been so cold I just haven't felt inspired to go hunt for one. Being barn-less on a Tuesday leaves me free to try a new meme that I've been really wanting to try out. Taphophile Tragics. I love old cemeteries so this one is perfect for me. Now if only I can find old cemeteries with a barn! Since I probably won't come across many of those, I'll have to bounce back and forth, weekly or monthly, or whatever.

I took this picture while at Godwin Cemetery a few weeks back. Mostly I took it to show you the age of the tree. This Honeylocust is estimated to be over 200 years old and is listed on the The 2011 National Register of Big Trees .

"Measured in August 2010, the Fincastle (Botetourt County) honeylocust stands 121 feet tall - as tall as a 10-story building; 234 inches in circumference (74+ inches in diameter), and has an average crown spread of 114 feet. The tree, estimated to be more than 200 years old, stands in a cemetery adjacent to the Fincastle United Methodist Church. The tree was probably planted in front of the first wooden log church structure that was built on the site in 1804. Today, the trunk of the tree is growing into an old headstone."

The headstone belongs to William Kyle. The inscription reads "In memory of Wm. Kyle – January 9, 1809 – May 6, 1874"

Linking with Taphophile Tragics


28 comments:

  1. That's extraordinary. Your last abode resting against a tree. Marvellous.

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  2. I love old cemeteries- to stand in one is to enter a time warp. They are beautiful and peaceful, especially the older ones.

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    1. great description, "to enter a time warp"...i like that and that is exactly how it feels!

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  3. That tree is amazing. The way it's growing into the old headstone, makes for an interesting shot!

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  4. Welcome to Taphophile Tragics! Isn't the pwoer of nature amazing? Yet at the same time it's sad to know that William Kyle will eventually vanish forever.

    Beautiful picture.

    I also run a cemetery meme over at my blog on Sunday's

    Beneath Thy Feet

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  5. Uns lovely frames with this beautiful trunk.

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  6. An amazing photo, nothing seems to stop the growth of trees!

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  7. I must admit Tanya I love this maybe more than a barn. Interesting:) Hugs B

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  8. That is an amazing capture and sight! Nature in all her power and amazingness:) I loved this barn swap-out today.

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  9. Wow, that is a neat shot! We have a cemetery on the hill up from the barn but most of the stones are laying down so it wouldn't have the effect.

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  10. Wow, that is an amazing old tree! Interesting how it is growing around the headstone.

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  11. never seen one this close to a big tree. the tree must have been planted when they buried William.

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  12. Very interesting tree and great capture!

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  13. How neat! So interesting how the tree grew into the headstone.

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  14. Just amazing, Tanya. Terrific picture. Well done for giving a new meme a go.

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  15. What an unusual image -- that is quite old for a locust tree!

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  16. What a cool photo!! It looks like the tree is sheltering the stone! And thanks for linking up with Taphophile Tragics -- what a treat! :)

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  17. An awesome tree! It appears to have grown around the headstone. Very cool!

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  18. Great shot of a fabulous tree! Your capture - and words - tells a great story.

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  19. This is seriously cool! I love old cemeteries too! I have explored a few around here. :)

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  20. Very neat photo. I like that cemetery. Have not been there in a couple of years and did not notice the tree around the headstone. It's VERY cool!!

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  21. INteresting that the tree was allowed to grow there. But it does make for a nice final resting spot!

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  22. Excellent picture! An incredible subject and great texture on the bark.

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  23. I always wanted to be buried under a big tree....but I'm not sure I would want to be THAT far under one! This is awesome, though...I loved the connection between the tree and the gravestone as a testament of the past. Great textures.

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